Wie Pressel Allowed in Kraft Nabisco


RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. -- The Kraft Nabisco Championship clarified its criteria Thursday, allowing teenage sensations Michelle Wie and Morgan Pressel to play in the LPGA Tour's first major of the year.
Wie and Pressel, along with former Duke star Brittany Lang, now are eligible for the Kraft Nabisco because all of them finished in the top five at an LPGA major last year.
Wie was runner-up at the LPGA Championship and Women's British Open, and the 16-year-old finished in the top 20 at the Kraft Nabisco last year. Pressel, 17, and Lang tied for second at the U.S. Women's Open.
The tournament previously gave exemptions to players who finished in the top 20 at the Kraft or the top five in the other three majors, provided they were LPGA Tour members.
Pressel and Lang only earned their cards this year, while Wie is not expected to join until she finishes high school in Hawaii, where she is in her junior year.
'The LPGA has recommended, and we agree, that non-LPGA members who achieve the same level of success as LPGA members should be eligible to be considered for an invitation to participate,' tournament director Terry Wilcox.
The Kraft Nabisco will be played March 30-April 2 at Mission Hills Country Club. Annika Sorenstam is the defending champion.
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